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Some children cannot live with their own families and need somewhere else to live for a period of time. Some children have special needs and benefit from periods of respite care. All admissions are part of a planned process following an assessment of need undertaken with the child or young person, their family and social workers. Many of the children looked after by Dudley will have their care provided through fostering; others will have a place in residential care.

Whichever types of placement children live in we want them to be healthy and stay safe, to enjoy and achieve, to make a positive contribution and to achieve economic well being.

For most children who are looked after it is important that they have regular planned contact with their parents and other family members. Contact plans for each child will depend on their specific needs.

The plans for children and young people will be discussed at a review which will take place at least every six months. Older children and young people will be encouraged to attend and parents, social workers, carers and anyone else who plays an important role in the child’s life will also be encouraged to attend.